Two actors involved in an NCIS: New Orleans robbery scene are suing CBS for misleading them into shooting the hyper-realistic moment. According to TMZ, the actors claim that CBS orchestrated the “guerilla-style” heist scene without obtaining proper permits or giving warning to neighbors, and as a result, police arrived and pointed guns at them. Decider has reached out to CBS for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.
TMZ reports that the two actors, as well as the owner of a New Orleans jewelry store, claim they were approached by NCIS producers in October 2017 about participating in a scene involving an armed robbery. The men allege that they agreed to participate in the shoot, which took place in a crowded shopping center, under the assumption that it would be a “traditional television shoot” operating with the necessary permits and safety protocols. However, they claim that that did not turn out to be the case, and they are suing CBS for failing to notify neighbors and local authorities about the fictional robbery.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles, the scene in question involved the actors jumping out of an unmarked van in ski masks with fake assault rifles. As part of the scene, they yelled, “This is a robbery!,” at which point a neighboring store owner allegedly called 911. The men claim that when police arrived, they drew their weapons, and they allege that had they not immediately complied, they could have been killed.
As a result of the “terrifying and traumatizing” experience, the three men are suing CBS for damages. TMZ reports that the network has responded by trying to have the suit thrown out of California court, as the episode was filmed in Louisiana. However, the three men have pushed back: according to their lawyers, the California lawsuit is valid because NCIS: New Orleans is produced in Los Angeles.
Source: NY Post
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